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Beyond the Unproductive Dualism – Developing Understandings of Structure and Agency in Youth Studies and Life Course Research. RYOT Working paper on Structure and Agency

Tikkanen, Jenni; Jacovkis, Judith

RYOT Working paper on Structure and Agency.

This working paper of the RYOT working group Structure, Agency, and the Life Course aims, firstly, to set a frame for a common understanding of the complex relationship between structure and agency, and, secondly, to aid the network in asking relevant and topical questions in our research activities.

Following these aims, this working paper presents some of the many definitions and understandings of social structures and individual agency together with a short overview of the perennial sociological debate about their relationship. The focus of the paper is on the recent changes in and the current state of the structure-agency relationship in today’s societies – and on the ways it is understood and applied particularly in the fields of youth studies and life course research.

RYOT network: Research on Youth’s Opportunities and Transitions.

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